What's Out There?

May 6, 2015 | Miriam

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This spring we have a blockbuster lineup of astronomy lectures, thanks to the talented researchers that work at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at U of T. Here's a snapshot of what's coming up. 

At Don Mills Branch on Wednesday, May 13, Michael Reid talks about the 
Life Cycle of Stars, 7 pm. Reid will use the latest images from the Hubble, Spitzer and Herschel telescopes to illustrate the story of how starts are born, and how they live and die.
The Herschel telescope (from which the image on the right, below, comes) was named for William Herschel, whose original telescope was developed in 1788. An illustration of it is on the left, below.
  Herschel 40 foot telescope   Galactic Bubble
Herschel's 40-foot telescope, constructed between 1778 and 1798 (Public Domain).

Galactic Bubble RCW120 (European Space Agency, Herschel Telescope)

Other talks in the series include:


Dr. Duy Cuong NguyenSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the New Millennium, Thursday, May 21, 7 pm at Beaches Branch with Dr. Duy Cuong Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen asks the question: can we find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, a possibility which has fired the imaginations of dreamers and scientists alike? 



MP Tamayo MoonsPainting the Moons in the Outer Solar System? Thursday, May 21, 7 pm at Mount Pleasant Branch. Daniel Tamayo will expand on how  recent discoveries have revealed a surprising process that has transformed the surfaces of distant moons of the giant planets. 


John PercyThe Amazing Universe, Friday, May 22, at 2 pm at the Don Mills Branch

Alien worlds, extraterrestrial life, the birth and death of stars, cosmic catastrophes, black holes and dark matter: the real universe is more amazing than anything found in science fiction. The library hosts 

John Percy, an amazing speaker who has educated and inspired thousands of Torontonians in his astronomy lectures. 
Cosmology, Cell Phones and Video Games, Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm at St. Lawrence Branch

For a decade, Dr. Keith Vanderlinde has built telescopes to study the universe. In this talk, he looks at how some of the same  technologies that have made cell phones and video games staples of modern culture, have been put to work building a massive radio telescope in Penticton, B.C. which will map a larger volume of space than ever before attempted.  

Solar System
Exploring the Universe, Fri May 29, 2015 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Goldhawk Park Branch

The Universe is very large and all of it is very far away. Even the edge of the solar system is inexplicably far away. Come and hear about how we have used telescopes and space missions to learn about our solar system and beyond. With Jielei Zhang.

BE Amuary ExoplanetsExoplanets and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Biology, Thu Jun 18, 2015 | 7 pm, Beaches Branch 

Amaury Triaud, whose research has led to the confirmation of 48 new nearby exoplanetary systems, discusses how one finds a planet and the techniques that will soon tell us whether life forms have arisen on planets outside our solar system.